Eternal life is the gift of God to all who, through faith, have been redeemed by his Son. The resurrection is the transitional phase for the dead in Christ to eternal glory with him.

Faith in the bodily resurrection of our Lord and of all believers is one of the central doctrines of the Christian faith. The Apostle Paul makes it clear that it is essential to salvation: “If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom. 10:9).

The resurrection hope is no theoretical doctrine. It is so deeply a part of the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ that faith in him and hope of the resurrection are inexorably bound together.

Jesus, called to the home of sorrowing friends where a beloved brother had been dead for four days, made a statement that has rung out through the ages, giving courage, hope, and assurance to his own: “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die” (John 11:25, 26).

In the work of regeneration there is given to every believer the imperishable assurance of eternal life. It is an inevitable part of salvation, a quality of life that exists now and will exist for all eternity.

In his defense before King Agrippa, the Apostle Paul asked, “Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?” (Acts 26:8). Unless one’s God is thought to have human limitations, the resurrection is seen as the right and natural hope for all who believe. The God of creation and redemption is also the God of the resurrection and the author of eternal life for all who believe.

Resurrection and life are bound together. God, the author of life, ...

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